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Injectable Fillers

The Scoop on Dermal Fillers: Which One Is Right for You?

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Dermal fillers are one of the most popular nonsurgical rejuvenation treatments among both women and men. In just a few moments, patients can improve the appearance of deep lines or wrinkles for a refreshed (rather than surgical) look. Your dermatologist can help you to decide which option will be right for you, but here’s a closer look at the possibilities.

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance that’s naturally present in the body. With age, HA production declines, contributing to volume loss and visible lines and wrinkles. There are several types of HA fillers:

  • Restylane® is one of the most commonly used HA fillers. It has a very soft texture that makes it ideal for correcting mild to moderate wrinkles as well as enhancing the lips. Perlane® is very similar, but is best for areas that require a deeper injection level.
  • JUVÉDERM® comes in a gel-like formulation for a smooth, natural look and results that can last up to 12 months. The best JUVÉDERM® treatments work to effectively diminish deep lines and wrinkles in patients who are already happy with the results of HA fillers and are ready for a longer-lasting commitment.
  • BELOTERO BALANCE ® is the newest HA filler, allowing for greater versatility that’s effective for deeper treatments as well as more delicate areas.

Other Fillers

There are other effective fillers available that are not HA-based:

  • RADIESSE® is made of calcium hydroxyapatite, another naturally-occurring substance in the body that declines with time. In addition to adding immediate volume, RADIESSE® also promotes collagen production at the injection site for long-term correction.
  • Sculptra® is a biodegradable filler based on poly-L-lactic acid, a common component of dissolvable sutures. After a few treatments spaced just weeks apart, Sculptra® injections promote new collagen production for diminished lines and wrinkles.
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